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cheapskate English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Feb 11 2019

Themes: Food, Friend, Work


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“My friends all went out to a restaurant for lunch today, and I’m eating at home. I’m a little bit of a cheapskate.”

—Ebaby!’s Dominique, speaking about saving her money

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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person who tries not to spend money; person who prefers to save their money

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Her friends are dining out for lunch, but Dominique doesn’t want to spend extra money on restaurant food. She prefers to stay home and eat an inexpensive light meal. She knows this makes her a bit of a cheapskate, but she doesn’t mind.

It’s not nice to call other people cheapskates, but there are many people who are proud to save their money. They like being cheapskates because they know they will have money when they need it. Are you a cheapskate? How do you prefer to save your money?

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1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“My dad is a cheapskate. For my birthday, he only gave me five bucks!”

“Sally is a bit of a cheapskate. She didn’t even want to pay for a cup of coffee.”

“I don’t mind being called a cheapskate because I am able to save most of my money.”


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